For adults with intellectual disabilities – "core members" – L’Arche offers lifelong homes that meet social and medical needs. Daily activities are centered on residents who take the lead in making decisions, setting schedules, running household meetings, and setting annual goals. Central to the mission is developing inclusive communities: core members, live-in assistants, interns, and volunteers form a team and create a widened circle of friends. But with social distancing and quarantine protocols in place (and with most off-site jobs suspended) increased isolation from the larger community is a concerning fact of life for residents. For staff, it means many more hours of daily support and activities. Nearly half of L'Arche's residents are 65 and older, many with underlying conditions, so they are among those at greatest risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. In this time of need, they need our support.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 1
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; VA-Arlington County; Adams Morgan Neighborhood; Day Programs are throughout City; Arlington
Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
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Awards & Recognition
One of the Best - Catalogue for Philanthropy 2007-2008
- The current budget for L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C. is: $3 million or higher
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